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Using Tonnetz Tone Mesh To Understand Jazz Harmony

The Tonnetz is a 2-dimensional mesh which maps the tonal landscape of western music. It serves as an analytical tools for understanding the theoretical structure of our music.

Josh Walsh
Josh Walsh on Apr 27, 2020
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How Sus Chords Work and When To Play Them

Sus-chords were first used in classical music to delay the resolution of a cadence. Jazz musicians use sus-voicings in many different scenarios.

Josh Walsh
Josh Walsh on Apr 17, 2020
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How to Voice Dominant 7th Chords

Dominant 7th chords are the most exciting and colorful chords in jazz. The fundamental voicings are used in all jazz standards, and altered extensions provide endless varieties to get creative.

Josh Walsh
Josh Walsh on Mar 28, 2020
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How to Voice Major 7th Chords

Major chords can be voiced using a number of techniques, including shells, rootless voicings, 6/9 voicings, extended voicings with the sharp-11th, fourth voicings, and more.

Josh Walsh
Josh Walsh on Mar 28, 2020
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How to Voice Minor 7th Chords

Minor chords can be voiced using a number of techniques, including shells, rootless voicings, extended voicings with the 11th, fourth voicings, and more.

Josh Walsh
Josh Walsh on Mar 28, 2020
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7 Modes of the Major Scale Used in Jazz

When I started my study into jazz harmony I learned just how important the modes of the major scale are. It's a bit of a deep topic, and in this post I'll demystify it for you.

Josh Walsh
Josh Walsh on Mar 22, 2020
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Using the Overtone Series

The overtone series is the physics behind all western music, including jazz. It is the bedrock of everything we do as jazz musicians.

Josh Walsh
Josh Walsh on Mar 14, 2020
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